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Over the past year I’ve discovered something about our family. We’re busy people. We’re alwasy on the go.
I was in denial about this for a long time. I’d think to myself “after this passes, next week things will calm down”. Then the next week would come and with it something new that would keep us running.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being busy. I embrace it, in fact I seek it out. I don’t mean the type of busy that comes from working too much (though I love my job and work a lot) or from over committing. I mean the type of busy that happens because we love living in community with other people. The kind of busy that meant me texting a friend that I would have to call her back in a bit because three people and a dog just dropped by our house unexpectedly.
I love the unexpected drop ins and the last minute trips to a friend’s house or to play at the park. With school starting this week, I know things are only going to get busier!
That means extra planning for food that’s quick for a busy lifestyle though. I love that Walmart always has what we need, and I can get all my shopping done in one stop on those extra-crazy weeks. Add to that the great options that Nestlé always has for us, and we’re set! Nestlé is always about “good food, good life” and they have such a huge range of products that fit so many lifestyles!
Today, for after school snacks, my kids were really excited to try out these OUTSHINE® fruit bars!
I love that it has real fruit juice and no GMO ingredients, and it’s still a refreshing snack for after playing at recess in the Texas heat at school.
Sometimes, we’re not able to run straight home after school though. I have errands to run, or maybe we’re meeting friends. On busy nights like those, we always opt for a frozen pizza to stick in the oven for a quick dinner.
Pizza night is always a favorite with the kids, and we don’t mind either! Tonight we had the TOMBSTONE® Roadhouse meat pizza – yum!!! STOUFFER’S® always has great meal options too for a busy night. I have my eye on their Family Size Macaroni and Cheese for next week!
I’ve found that I can get extra sneaky with dessert with my kids. They always love my homemade milkshakes, but I figured out that we could add in some extra ingredients to get more veggies in my kiddos.
Start with a regular milkshake recipe.
- 4 big scoops of DREYER’S slow churned double fudge brownie ice cream
- 2 cups of milk
- 6 frozen strawberries
- 1 banana (sliced)
- SHHHHH – 1 cup of baby spinach
That’s right, we’re putting spinach in the milkshake! Since we’re using chocolate ice cream, the kids will never know it’s there!
Start with the ice cream and then add all the dry ingredients to a blender. Pour the milk in on top and get ready to mix.
Most blenders have a special “milkshake setting” and it should work to blend it all in about 15-30 seconds of blending on that setting. If your blender doesn’t have a milkshake mode, try setting 1 or two, as you don’t need things completely liquidated, just chopped up a bit and creamed together.
This is one of the tastiest milkshake recipes we’ve done, I love the brownie chunks that the Dreyer’s ice cream gives us. I don’t have to have brownies made to get them in my milkshake, which is a huge plus for this busy mama, since I love brownie milkshakes.
Add to that the fact that my kids are getting those extra greens in their diet without even knowing it and you have one of our favorite recipes!
From July 25 to September 15 2016, when you purchase any two (2) 30 oz. or larger Stouffers products and at least one (1) refrigerated Tollhouse cookie dough product at a participating Walmart store you can get a $5 Walmart egift card! Check out the dates and complete rules to find out how here.
- Step 1 – Purchase products
- Step 2 – Take a photo of your receipt, the image must be clear and legible, with the purchase date included and showing the qualified purchase.
- Step 3 – Text NESTLEFAMILY to 35350
- Step 4 – Once confirming you want to participate by responding ‘YES’, you will be prompted to send the image of your receipt
Have fun entering the sweepstakes and letting Nestlé take a little of the stress out of your busy life with their dinner and snack options.
Let me know your favorite recipes for families on the go and check out some awesome ideas from Nestlé’s flavorful moments Pinterest board here!